Since November 8th, our government has become much whiter. Even Trump’s single minority cabinet member is nothing more than a white man with dark skin. For some reason, I just naturally assumed that our illegitimate president and vice-president would learn something about black history, before making fools of themselves by speaking incoherently and without any understanding of the importance of honoring great men and women from our nation’s past who just happened to be African American. I was wrong; again.
Trump’s attempt to speak about the month long celebration was jumbled, ignorant, and a slap in the face to heroes past. Trump’s comments about Frederick Douglas were not only an embarrassment, but proof that Trump knows nothing about blacks in America, past or present, and that he is a white supremacist, hiding the truth from the media and the American people. His mention of well-known black heroes was merely condescending. He might have made some effort, but he truly doesn’t care. It won’t surprise me if he makes a decision to repeal the month-long celebration.
Trump could have made a cursory search to find names of black men and women who did great things, but no one knows their names. It would have been easy to mention a current motion picture, which tells the story of three black American women who were responsible for John Glenn’s launch into space and his safe return. Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were three brilliant women, without whom our space program would have failed.
Most of Trump’s speech was not about African Americans, it was about himself and his continued battle with CNN and other credible news networks. Trump likes the Republican propaganda machine, FOX Noise.
Mike Pence was no better. He tweeted about the month’s celebration, but didn’t mention a single black man or woman. This was his tweet.
The response was what you might have expected, but only if you have any real black friends.
“@VP Remember, black people were actually human beings before they were emancipated..”
“@VP emancipation is not black history. It did not free slaves, just deligitimized slavery. Black history is what we did for America.”
“@VP Racism didn’t end when slavery ended. It’s embedded in our institutions and carried forward with racist public policy.”
“@VP…..he was white. This is BLACK History Month.”
This is what we can expect from the Trump administration. He has surrounded himself with old, white men; many of them are white supremacists, while others are Islamophobic, misogynist, anti-Semitic, and including Pence, homophobic.
Trump supporters; this is the America you have created. Sadly, most of you are likely proud of Trump, Pence, and his circle of sinners. I stand with the revolution; Trump will never be my president.
By James Turnage
Photo courtesy of Tony Webster
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